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New students have the option to enroll their dependents in the Stanford Student Dependent Health Insurance Plan ('Dependent Plan') when they first matriculate at Stanford. This is the one and only time during an academic career at Stanford when a student can purchase the plan for dependents, unless a qualifying life event occurs at a later time.

Dependents are eligible for enrollment in the Dependent Plan as long as you (the student) are enrolled in Cardinal Care, the Stanford-sponsored student health insurance plan.

Eligible dependents include the Cardinal Care member’s

  • Spouse (unless you are legally separated or divorced).
  • Unmarried children until age 26.
  • Unmarried children over age 26 who are unable to support themselves because of a physical or mental handicap that occurred before age 26.